Ring of Honor
Date: February 10, 2021
Location: UMBC Event Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Commentators: Caprice Coleman, Ian Riccaboni
After finally, and I do mean finally, getting to watch Final Battle, I’m curious about why the weekly TV show feels so weak by comparison. Maybe it’s all of the promos before the matches, but there is such a gap between the pay per view and the TV shows that it is pretty jarring. Hopefully they can make it better this time around. Let’s get to it.
Quinn McKay welcomes us to the show and runs down the card.
We look at the end of last week’s show where Beer City Bruiser listened to Vincent and attacked OGK, including breaking a beet bottle over Matt Taven’s head.
Bruiser said he was done being second. Brawler Milonas came in to yell at him but Bruiser didn’t want to hear it.
Tracy Williams talks about how the Foundation wants to give wrestlers a chance. They did that with Rhett Titus and now they are going to do it with Cheeseburger. Williams talks about how there are things that you can’t learn out of a book like Cheeseburger has done. Tonight, he’s learning in the ring.
Cheeseburger, now in a fur coat and dubbed The World Famous CB, talks about his path through wrestling to get where he is today. Being Cheeseburger is the best and worst thing to happen to him. It got him a long way, but it made him feel like a novelty and he’s more than that. Now he is the rhythm and he’ll showcase what else he can do.
World Famous CB vs. Tracy Williams
Pure Rules. Williams takes him down by the arm to start but CB is back up with his own arm cranking. A headlock takeover puts Williams on the mat and CB bounces his way to freedom for a unique escape. We take a break and come back with CB armdragging him to the mat for a rollup and then climbing onto Williams’ back for a double arm crank. That’s enough to send Williams to the ropes for a break and he takes CB down into a chinlock.
The threat of a Crossface sends CB’s foot to the ropes for his first break. Williams grabs the arm and twists it around his own leg to keep the variety up. That doesn’t last long either and Williams’ missed charge sends him flying to the ropes. Back in and CB takes him down by the arm and rolls around into an armbar, sending Williams to the ropes again.
A standing armbar sends Williams right back to the ropes for the final break, which surprises commentary. An Angle Slam into a doctor bomb gets two on CB but he’s right back with a low superkick. Williams isn’t having any more of this though and grabs the piledriver for the pin at 13:05.
Result: Tracy Williams b. The World Famous CB – Piledriver (13:05)
Honor is shown post match.
Brody King want revenge on La Faccion Ingobernable for costing him the World Title at Final Battle. Tonight, it’s an eight man tag.
Briscoes/PCO/Brody King vs. La Faccion Ingobernable/Flip Gordon
Amy Rose is on commentary, it’s Rush/Dragon Lee/Bestia (the latter of whom is making his ROH debut) for La Faccion and Gordon is replacing Kenny King who can’t be here for undisclosed reasons. King and the much smaller Lee start things off but Rush comes in before there is any contact. Bestia comes in sans contact as well….and let’s have two more tags so it’s Gordon vs. Mark for the opening lockup.
Briscoe powers him into the corner and it’s PCO coming in for a corner splash as La Faccion chills on the floor. Gordon is sent outside so La Faccion sends him right back in, with Rose denying that this has anything to do with Gordon’s upcoming World Title shot. Gordon’s sleeper on King is broken up with straight power and Gordon goes outside again. La Faccion throws him back in again and PCO drops a headbutt.
Gordon has to be tossed inside again as this is certainly a unique way to go. Back up and Gordon finally gets in a shot but Rush drops to the floor before the tag. Mark covers Gordon and that’s finally enough to bring in La Faccion for the brawl, because they want the winners’ share. Everything breaks down and they all fight to the floor. Rush chairs King in the knee and an electrical cord shot to the knee makes it even worse.
We take a break and come back with a running basement dropkick sending King to the floor again. La Faccion switches over to triple teaming PCO, who chops his way to freedom in a hurry. A running powerslam plants Gordon but Bestia kicks Gordon out to the floor for the slugout with PCO. Jay takes PCO’s place for another slugout, with a discus forearm sending Bestia outside.
That means it’s King planting Lee with a Rock Bottom but Rush and Bestia pull King off the top. Jay and PCO take out Rush and Bestia with stereo suicide dives and Mark uses a chair for a step up flip dive onto La Faccion. Rush is laid on a table but PCO’s flip dive off the top (Rose: “No no no no no!”) only hits table. The referee finally throws it out at 13:12.
Result: La Faccion Ingobernable/Flip Gordon vs. Briscoes/Brody King/PCO went to a no contest (13:12)
The brawl continues and we see the Foundation saying this isn’t Ring of Honor to end the show.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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